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P ALAN CUM­MING Le­gal Im­mi­grant ñ Tour of sto­ry­telling and songs about life in his adopted home­land by the singer/per­former and so­cial ac­tivist. Jun 16 at 8 pm. $39.50-$99.50. Massey Hall, 178 Vic­to­ria. massey­ P BED POST: PRIDE EDI­TION Real-life sex sto­ries, raunchy com­edy, bur­lesque, drag and more. Jun 15 at 8 pm. $15. The So­cial Cap­i­tal The­atre, 154 Dan­forth. so­ L BUG by Yolanda Bon­nell (Manidoons Col­lec­tive/Luminato). Po­etry, prose & song ex­plore an In­dige­nous woman’s jour­ney through cy­cles of ad­dic­tion and in­ter-gen­er­a­tional trauma. Jun 20-24, Wed-Fri 8 pm, SatSun 6 pm, mat Sat 1 pm. $39 & up. The­atre Cen­tre, 1115 Queen W. lu­mi­natofes­ti­ L BURN­ING DOORS (Luminato/Belarus Free The­atre). Show about the power of artis­tic re­sis­tance, draw­ing on the sto­ries of Petr Pavlen­sky, Oleg Sentsov & guest Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina. Opens Jun 20 and runs to Jun 24, Wed-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1 pm. $64 & up. The Joey and Toby Tanen­baum Opera Cen­tre, 227 Front E. lu­mi­natofes­ti­ P CREME DE LA FEMME Un­marked The­atre presents a cabaret about artists’ re­la­tion­ship to fem­i­nin­ity and femme iden­tity. Jun 14 at 8 pm. $15-$20. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. bud­diesin­bad­ DARK DAY MON­DAY 04: SELF-RE­COV­ERY Cu­rated per­for­mance se­ries fea­tur­ing artists who defy ex­pec­ta­tions and break bound­aries, this month fea­tur­ing d’bi.young an­itafrika. Jun 18 at 6 pm. $15. Bur­dock, 1184 Bloor W. dark­day­mon­ P I DON’T F*CK WITH YOU: THE GOTH DRAG MU­SI­CAL (Bud­dies’ Queer Pride Fes­ti­val). Mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion of the emo, the too much, the not enoughs & wear­ing black as a way of life. Jun 19 at 9 pm. Pwyc, adv $10. In the Cham­ber. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. bud­diesin­bad­ IT’S A GODDAMN STUPID LIFE by Neal Arm­strong (Imag­i­nary So­lu­tions). This scathing po­lit­i­cal satire is set dur­ing Don­ald Trump’s third term. Opens Jun 14 and runs to Jun 23, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm. $20. Wych­wood The­atre, 76 Wych­wood. god­damn­

P KINGS AND CLAS­SICS: EX­IS­TENCE IS RE­SIS­TANCE ñ PRIDE EDI­TION East King Pro­duc­tions presents a drag king show­case, part of Bud­dies’ Queer Pride Fes­ti­val. Jun 15 at 10:30 pm. $25, adv $18. In the Cabaret. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. bud­diesin­bad­

P LEILA LIVE! (Laugh with Leila Pro­duc­tions/Queer ñ Pride). Izad Etemadi’s solo show fea­tures the Per­sian princess show­ing off her act­ing, singing, rap­ping and dancing skills. Jun 20 at 8 pm. $15-$20. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. P OA­SIS LOVE by Johnny Salib. (Sisyphean Pro­duc­tions/Queer Pride). A love­struck boy nav­i­gates his first se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship in this mu­si­cal solo show. Jun 16 at 8 pm. $20-$30. In the Cabaret. Bud­dies in Bad Times The­atre, 12 Alexan­der. 416-975-8555.

L OUT THE WIN­DOW by Liza Balkan ñ

(Luminato). A fa­tal en­counter with po­lice raises ques­tions about truth, mem­ory, men­tal health, law and the­atre in this docu­d­rama. Jun 19-24, Tue-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39 & up. Har­bourfront Cen­tre The­atre, 231 Queens Quay W. lu­mi­natofes­ti­ NAKED CITY STO­RIES The ter­ri­ble beauty and aw­ful truth about our city w/ Me­gan Fahlen­bock, Gare Joyce & guests. Jun 19 at 9:15 pm. $5. The So­cial Cap­i­tal The­atre, 154 Dan­forth. 416-903-5388, so­ STO­RIES YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD Show by sto­ry­tellers Sarah Abu-Sharar and Sage Tyr­tle. Jun 14 at 8 pm. $10. The So­cial Cap­i­tal The­atre, 154 Dan­forth. face­ events/423852931413145. L TA­BLES TURNED (Luminato/Tapestry Opera). Mul­ti­me­dia concert w/ vo­cal­ist Carla Huh­ta­nen, per­cus­sion­ist Ben Reimer and turntable artist/com­poser Nicole Lizée. Jun 16-19, Sat-Tue at 7 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $35. Ernest Balmer Stu­dio, 9 Trin­ity. lu­mi­natofes­ti­ THE­ATRE PUB: BROS ON BROAD­WAY Kur­tis Whit­tle and Paul Moody host a monthly cabaret to show­case up and com­ing mu­sic the­atre tal­ent. Jun 14 at 9 pm. Free. Amsterdam Bi­cy­cle Club, 54 The Es­planade. 416-864-9996. TORONTO BLOOMS­DAY FES­TI­VAL (Anna Livia Pro­duc­tions). Ac­tors and mu­si­cians re-en­act scenes from James Joyce’s novel in a walk along the beach, fol­lowed by read­ings and mu­sic at the Beaches Li­brary. Jun 16, 9 am­noon. Free. Kew Gar­dens Park, 2075 Queen E. 416-778-8203, toron­to­blooms­

WICKED by Stephen Schwartz and Win­nie Holz­man (Mirvish). The mu­si­cal that gives a back­story to The Wiz­ard Of Oz re­turns. Opens Jun 20 and runs to Aug 5, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $59-$209. Ed Mirvish The­atre, 244 Vic­to­ria.


L AT THE ILLUSIONIST’S TA­BLE (Luminato). Scot­tish illusionist Scott Sil­ven hosts an even­ing of fine din­ing & whisky, il­lu­sion, men­tal­ism and sto­ry­telling. To Jun 24, Tue-Sun shows at 6 and 9 pm. $225. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Ter­race. lu­mi­natofes­ti­ AVENGERDALE: AGE OF ARCHIE (Play­ers). The Avengers he­roes mas­quer­ade as high school teach­ers in T.O.’s Riverdale district in this rau­cous show. To Jun 16, Thu-Sat 8:30 pm. $15$25. Tran­zac, 292 Brunswick. play­er­ CHICAGO by John Kan­der, Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse (Mirvish). A night­club dancer is charged with mur­der in 1920s Chicago in this mu­si­cal. To Jun 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, SatSun 2 pm. $39-$199. Ed Mirvish The­atre, 244 Vic­to­ria.

COME FROM AWAY by Irene Sankoff and ñ

David Hein (Mirvish). With as­ton­ish­ing warmth, New­found­lan­ders wel­come trau­ma­tized pas­sen­gers on planes rerouted to Gan­der on 9/11 in this home-grown Tony-nom­i­nated mu­si­cal. The mu­sic is rol­lick­ing, the lyrics are clever and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show with more heart. The cast, dou­bling up

on roles as Gan­derites and trav­ellers, is uni­formly ex­cel­lent, es­pe­cially El­iza-Jane Scott as a pi­lot and Kevin Vi­dal as a Black Brook­lynite who can’t be­lieve his hosts’ open­ness. The show just bar­rels along – even with some dark con­tent – and you never get a chance to catch your breath. But so what? Go with the flow and en­joy. To Jan 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$169. Royal Alexan­dra The­atre, 260 King W. 416-8721212, NNNN (Su­san G Cole) L The Fever (Luminato/600 Highwaymen). This in­ter­ac­tive show tests the lim­its of in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity. To Jun 17 daily, see web­site for times. $39 & up. The­atre Cen­tre, 1115 Queen W. Grease The Mu­si­cal by Jim Jacobs and War­ren Casey (Ir­reg­u­lar En­ter­tain­ment). This ex­pen­sive, care­fully chore­ographed re­vival of the 50s-set mu­si­cal is one note and fea­tures un­even per­for­mances by a group of ac­tors known mostly for their TV work. But some set pieces are ter­rif­i­cally staged, and the songs – in­clud­ing some cut from the film ver­sion – have their pas­tiche charm and help ex­plain the show’s en­dur­ing ap­peal. Re­turn en­gage­ment: pre­views from May 24, opens May 31 and runs to Jun 17, Mon-Sat 7:30 pm, mat SatSun & Wed 1:30 pm. $29-$149. Win­ter Gar­den The­atre, 189 Yonge. greaseon­ NNN (Glenn Sumi) i haTe haM­leT by Paul Rud­nick (Scar­bor­ough Play­ers). An ac­tor must choose be­tween a lauded the­atre role or a glitzy TV show in this com­edy. To Jun 16, see web­site for times. $20$24. Scar­bor­ough Vil­lage The­atre, 3600 Kingston Rd. the­atrescar­bor­

iN­No­ceNce losT: a Play abouT sTeveN ñ

Tr­us­coTT by Bev­er­ley Cooper (Soulpep­per). Cooper’s 2008 play cracks open the 1959 small-town On­tario cold case of a 12-year-old girl and the 14-year-old class­mate later con­victed of her mur­der and sen­tenced to death in what many came to see as a mis­car­riage of jus­tice. Po­si­tion­ing the au­di­ence as de­tec­tive, judge and jury, Cooper’s de­tail-rich ac­count of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, trial and after­math dra­ma­tizes tes­ti­mony from friends, fam­ily and neigh­bours as they re­late their di­verg­ing me­mories, opinions and shift­ing con­clu­sions of guilt or in­no­cence. To Jun 23, see web­site for times. $32-$96. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpep­ NNNN (Jor­dan Bimm) iNsPiraTo Fes­Ti­val Canada’s largest ten­minute play fes­ti­val re­turns, this year’s theme is All About Her. Play­wrights in­clude Ne­dra Roberts, Do­minik Lon­car, Carol Lib­man, John Kane, Ge­or­gette Kelly and oth­ers.To Jun 16, see web­site for sched­ule. $15-$20. Alum­nae The­atre, 70 Berke­ley. the­atrein­spi­

la bêTe by David Hir­son (Soulpep­per). ñ

Hir­son’s 1991 homage to clas­sic French farce gets a jolt of rev­e­lance; its plot about a vain, boor­ish writer/ac­tor (Gregory Prest) who cons hits way into a 17th-cen­tury court com­ments on both Trump and the com­pany’s own dis­graced for­mer artis­tic direc­tor. Some­times the laughs feel forced, but un­der direc­tor Tanja Jacobs the leads are strong and the de­sign is full of nice touches. To Jun 22, see web­site for times. $32-$96. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-8668666, soulpep­ NNNN (Glenn Sumi) a Mid­suM­Mer NiGhT’s dreaM by Wil­liam Shake­speare (Bard in the Park). The clas­sic ro­mance is set in mod­ern-day Athens Univer­sity dur­ing Frosh Week. To Jun 17, Mon-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc. Kew Gar­dens Park, 2075 Queen E. bardinthep­ Molly blooM adapted by Jo­ce­lyn Adema (Fourth Gor­gon The­atre). A woman tries to make sense of her life. To Jun 16, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $15-$25. Ma­jlis Art Gar­den, 163 Wal­nut. fourth­gor­

L NassiM by Nassim Soleiman­pour ñ

(Why Not The­atre/Luminato). See re­view, page 38. To Jun 16, see web­site for times. $39 & up. Berke­ley Street The­atre, 26 Berke­ley. NNNN (Glenn Sumi) The PhaNToM oF The oPera by An­drew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stil­goe (Cameron Mack­in­tosh). See re­view, page 39. To Jun 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $79-$220. Princess of Wales The­atre, 300 King W. NNN (Glenn Sumi) Pi­raTe shiP ad­veN­Ture Chil­dren’s in­ter­ac­tive ad­ven­ture the­atre show aboard a 50-foot pi­rate ship. To Oct 8, see web­site for sched­ule. $27. Pi­rate Life Toronto, 333 Lake Shore E. 416-476-3836, pi­ PoT­Ted PoT­Ter: The uNau­Tho­rized harry ex­Pe­ri­eNce by Daniel Clark­son and Jef­fer­son Turner (Star­vox). Show that con­denses all sev- en Harry Pot­ter books (and a game of Quid­ditch) into 70 min­utes. To Jul 8, see web­site for times. $30-$100. CAA The­atre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, pot­ted­pot­ LP rioT (Luminato). See re­view, page 39. To Jun 16, Thu & Sat 7 pm, plus Fri-Sat 9:45 pm. $39 & up. The Joey and Toby Tanen­baum Opera Cen­tre, 227 Front E. NNN (Glenn Sumi)

sTriNG oF Pearls by Michele Lowe (Labour of Love). This drama spans sev­eral decades as a pearl neck­lace is passed from one char­ac­ter to an­other. To Jun 16, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20. Stu­dio 106. Artscape Young­place, 180 Shaw. stringof­

Trea­sure is­laNd by Robert Louis Steven­son (So­lar Stage Chil­dren’s The­atre). Sea shanties and an epic pi­rate ad­ven­ture for ages 5 & up. To Jul 1, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $20. Wych­wood

The­atre, 76 Wych­wood. so­

Out of town

drayToN eN­Ter­TaiN­MeNT Var­i­ous shows tour the­atres from Mid­land to Guelph, Kitch­ener, Cam­bridge and Grand Bend. To Dec 30, see web­site for sched­ule and maps. $27-$46. 1-855-372-9866, dray­to­nen­ter­tain­ shaw Fes­Ti­val The Ma­gi­cian’s Nephew, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Henry V, Grand Ho­tel, Stage Kiss and more. Runs to Oct 28. $35-$150. Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-5117429, sTraT­Ford Fes­Ti­val The Rocky Hor­ror Show, An Ideal Hus­band, Co­ri­olanus, The Mu­sic Man and oth­ers. To Nov 4. $25-$189, stu from $20. Strat­ford. strat­ford­fes­ti­

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